Police have reached out to hundreds of people as part of a scheme to help in the search for vulnerable people with dementia.
The Herbert Protocol encourages carers, families and friends of people living with dementia to record vital information on a form that could be used in the event that they go missing.
Cleveland Police officers have distributed hundreds of forms, which are placed within a care setting or the family home so that the information is easily available.
This allows police to access vital details quickly, saving time in the first valuable hour that someone with dementia goes missing.
The information requested on the form includes a description, photograph, mediation they use, significant places in the person’s life and their daily routine.
The Force has produced a short film to raise awareness of dementia to officers and staff as part of a series of cultural awareness sessions being led by the Everyone Matters team. As part of dementia awareness week this week; it has been shared on social media pages (see bottom of page).
Inspector Phil Spencer, who is raising awareness of the Herbert Protocol for Cleveland Police, said: “When someone living with dementia goes missing, the first hour is absolutely vital in our search and it can take some time to obtain the necessary details. Having this information immediately to hand is crucial to our investigation and will speed-up our search.
“The video that has been produced will help our officers and staff to understand the impacts of dementia and I would like to thank those who are on the film.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: This is an absolutely fantastic scheme and I would encourage people to take part. I’ll be raising awareness of the Herbert Protocol in my many community meetings, and I hope that we reach thousands with this scheme.”
Further details on the Herbert Protocol, the information leaflet and information form can be found by visiting www.cleveland.police.uk.